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WingoLED Actinic 2.0 LED Light Bar

Posted on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

A couple of weeks ago, WingoLED provided a sneak preview of the WingoLED Actinic 2.0 LED Light Bars. WingoLED has made several improvements over their original model. They improved heat dissipation while using 1W LEDs for increased output. WingoLED also upgraded their materials for improved durability and water proofing. The Light Bars are available with either 60 or 90 degree optics. The 60 degree model is designed for hobbyists who want more punch and less spread, while the 90 degree options works well for nano/pico where the LED strip will be mounted low and require complete tank coverage.

At this point, 450nm royal blue, 460 regular blue and 12000K white, although color mixing will be considered in the future. Here is a chart of Suggested Retail Prices and power consumption.:

48″ 36Watt 36″ 27 Watt 24″ 18W 12″ 9W Power Supply bracket
Suggested Retail Price $248 $218 $178 $98 Included Additonal

Note: Actual prices may be lower.

2011 San Francisco Ocean Film Festival March 9-13

Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

The 8th annual San Francisco Ocean Film Festival will open March 9th, 2011. The Festival celebrates the sea, with extraordinary visuals from the oceans which surround us all. Here is a quick trailer from the 2010 Festival, depicting the beauty and mysteries of the ocean.

Check out 0:18 of this video where this guy is about a second away from getting a fun little surprise..

Fluval E Series Heaters

Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 11:54 am

The Fluval E Series Heaters represent Hagen’s latest most advanced aquarium heaters line. Featuring VueTech technology, the Fluval E Series heaters display water temperature in real-time. Each heater is equipped with an advanced digital microprocessor which continuously monitors the system with the help of dual temperature sensors. This feature is attractive, in particular, for hobbyists not using an aquarium controller.

The display screen of the Fluval E Series aquarium heaters will change colors if the temperature varies +/-1 °C or +/-2 °F or more from the pre-set temperature. The normal green display will turn blue if the temperature drops by more than 2 °F (1 °C) and will turn red if the temperature rises by the same amount. If, however, the temperature swings up or down by 3 °C or 5.5 °F (or more), the colored screen will flash, indicating that there is a problem.

A really cool thing about this line, is that rather than using a dial to set and adjust the temperature. Instead a little lever allows you to modify the temperature settings in 0.5° increments. In case you do not have a sump, and are placing the heater directly in your aquarium, an integrated fish guard ensures that fish and other invertebrates cannot accidentally come in contact with the heating core. Finally, a slim mounting bracket allows you to remove the heater, without having to remove the bracket.

EcoPico Desktop Aquarium by Ecoxotic

Posted on Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 at 11:00 am

Many hobbyists invest in the large, elaborate, extensive systems we are used to seeing on the web. Well, every wanted something unique, small, low maintenance, and is absolutely bitchin’? Well, the Ecoxotic EcoPico desktop aquarium may be just what you’re looking for. The EcoPico is an elegant, rimless glass cube, with no bulky filter, no plastic frame, and includes nothing that would take away from it’s aesthetic brilliance.

In line with the minimalistic approach, Ecoxotic used an ultra-thin, sleek LED lighting arm. A perfect blend of blue and white LEDs cast a beautiful light, and brilliant shimmer, while consuming a minimal amount of electricity. The 6mm glass rimless EcoPico includes an internal filter with pump, beveled glass top with mounting clips and LED lighting arm with 12k/blue LEDs. A lighting upgrade is available with the addition of a 4-way splitter (independent control can be accomplished with the use of a 12V power supply).

ORA Maxima, Derasa and Ultra Maxima clams

Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 10:43 pm

Oceans, Reefs & Aquariums (ORA) offers some of the nicest corals, but have you really taken a look at their clam selection? Check out the collection of ORA clams photos in the gallery below, and we’re confident you’ll be left either speechless or drooling. If these don’t make you want to set up a shallow tank, with a top-down view and some leds, then there’s something wrong with you! Kidding of course, but what an amazing selection!

These clams are grown in ORA’s Marshall Islands Mariculture Facility (MIMF). Currently, ORA cultivates four species of Tridacna clams, Tridacna maxima, T. squamosa, T. derasa and T. gigas.

Most Tridacna clams are fairly simple to care for, assuming you maintain appropriate water parameters. Strong light and appropriate placement (sand vs rockwork) are paramount to long-term success. Supplemental feeding of phytoplankton cultures may be offered, as Tridacna clams filter feed on them.

[via ORA]

Coral Eating Nudibranchs and Slugs

Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Always check new corals for coral eating nudibranchs and slugs. Many people are familiar with the Zoanthid eating nudibranchs, but there are nudibranchs and slugs that eat all types of corals. These pests are well camouflaged and not easy to spot, preferring to hide at the base of their hosts. Look for them around receding tissue, polyps that won’t open, or dead white skeleton. It is strongly recommended to quarantine new corals and to dip them in a coral dip, flatworm exit, or iodine before placing them in the tank.

Tritonia spp. nudibranchs are often seen on purple Gorgonians from the Caribbean and can do serious damage in a short time if not removed. Unfortunately, they are extremely tiny and transparent. LPS eating slugs like the Turbinaria eating slug and Scolymia eating slug are not particularly common, but they show up from time to time. Removal is not difficult since they are relatively large and don’t seem to reproduce in captivity. Phestilla melanobrachia is a nudibranch that eats Dendrophyllid corals and grows up to 2 inches in length. They are usually found on Tubastrea spp. corals in captivity. Small Zoanthid eating nudibranchs are fairly common on almost types of Zoanthids. There are countless other species of slugs and nudibranchs that eat other corals like Xenia, tree corals, Montipora, etc.

Anatomy of an Aeolid Nudibranch

Zoanthid eating nudibranchs and Tubastrea eating nudibranchs are both types of Aeolid nudibranch. The black specks behind the first two antennae are the eyes. The finger-like appendages on the back are called cerata. The darker tips of the cerata are called cnidosacs. A Zoa eating nudibranch can consume immature nematocysts from its prey and store them in these sacs for protection against predators. The nudibranch also gets its coloration from its prey. Like their cousins the photosynthetic Elysia spp. slugs, Zoanthus eating nudibranchs even steal zooxanthellae from the Zoanthus.

Reefers have had success eradicating the Zoa eating nudibranch with Salifert’s Flatworm Exit in high doses. Obviously, you have to be careful using this method. It’s best to take affected colonies out of the tank and treat them in a bucket of tank water with an overdose of Flatworm Exit. If you have a lot of hidden planaria (which release toxins when they die) in your main tank, it could crash. Have several pounds of carbon on hand when using Flatworm Exit. Since Flatworm Exit won’t kill the eggs of the nudibranch, you need to repeat the treatment four days later. These treatments may work on other types of coral eating nudibranchs and slugs.

Avast “Mutiny” Ozone Reactors

Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 12:40 pm

The AVAST Mutiny ozone reactor creates a pressurized environment where tank water can react with ozonated air. Inside the reactor, water is sprayed over high-surface area HDPE ribbon media. This allows for improved gas exchange and oxidation of organic matters. This method also increases contact time, as the water has to make it’s way through the media to exit.

The AVAST Mutiny Ozone Reactor uses an ozone-safe Kynar venturi to spray the water/air mixture into the diffuser chamber. Inside the diffuser chamber, water is distributed over the ribbon media, then makes its way down to the bottom where it is forced up through the center tube. A pre-set internal pressure of 3psi (as long as the reactors are run with the recommended water pumps) is created with this flow method, eliminating the need for a pressure gauge.

Sicce Voyager Power Stream

Posted on Monday, March 7th, 2011 at 11:07 am

The Sicce Voyager Power Stream is “the evolution of stream pumps.” The various models offered by Sicce range from 10,500 to 15,000 L/h and have some unique features. The user is able to adjust the type of flow, from powerful to more gentle, to fit each individual aquarium needs. The Voyager Power Stream can be rotated 360 degrees, in order to determine where the water is pulled from, and can be pointed in pretty much any direction. A powerful magnetic support fits aquariums with up to 0.78″ thickness.

The Voyager Power Stream can be used with timers to create waves while still offering near-silent operation. Finally, each pump comes with a 3 year warranty.


California Sea Otters Attacked by Sharks

Posted on Sunday, March 6th, 2011 at 4:53 pm

A recent decline in California sea otter population, yielded an unlikely cause: shark attacks. We say unlikely, because the sharks don’t actually eat the sea otters, but the bites are enough to cause a kill. The decline is seen both in the adult and pups population. But Dr. Melissa Miller of the California Department of Fish and Game says that sharks are not the only cause.

“We know something’s happening where otters that are prime-aged animals are dying of heart failure,” Miller said. Heart failure might be caused by toxic runoff says Tim Tinker of the U.S. Geological Survey. In a continuous effort to revive the sea otter population, researchers are capturing otters and are looking at any precursors to various disease or signs of malnutrition. Hopefully, findings will provide some insight and direction for future efforts.

Yao Ming PSA Against Shark Fin Soup – Graphic Video

Posted on Sunday, March 6th, 2011 at 11:51 am

The Houston Rockets’ center Yao Ming joined forced with WildAid, a conservation group, to help protect shark populations around the world. This Public Service Announcement (PSA), graphical illustrates the cruel fate these sharks suffer. Each year, more than 70 million sharks are used for shark fin soup. In most cases, the sharks are caught, finned, and then simply dumped overboard to die.

Back in 2006, Yaho Ming signed a pledge to give up shark fin soup, and has been a Chinese ambassador for WildAid. Being China’s most popular figure Ming is in an excellent position to lead this campaign.

In this PSA, Ming is shown in a beautiful restaurant with an incredible aquarium, being offered shark fin soup. The camera then shows real futage of a live tawny nurse shark with it’s fins chopped off.

“This footage is definitive proof that sharks are being finned alive for soup,” said Steve Trent, Director of WildAid, continuing, “The spiraling demand for fin to be consumed for soup, mostly in China, is having a devastating impact on shark populations across the world. Key to halting the conservation crisis now facing sharks is to kill of the demand for shark fin and this is why the action being taken by Yao Ming who has led a host of others to join him is so important. The message that he will no longer eat shark fin has great impact in China.”

A recent study conducted by the IUCN Shark Specialist Group showed that 64 species or open water sharks and ray are threatened with extinction. With the combination of overfishing, their late maturity, and slow reproduction, sharks are in extreme danger.

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